Nilgiri toy train

#1 Jul 22nd, 2008, 15:38
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I have searched and searched and can't seem to find a schedule for the toy train to Ooty.

From Coimbatore, but i figure it probably only runs from Mettupalayam?

Either way, i'm just trying to figure out what time i have to arrive from Calcutta without having to stay overnight in Coimbatore
#2 Jul 22nd, 2008, 16:17
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Head for Mettupalayam and overnight there. There are lots of small hotels by the station so you can be on the train and in the best seat before the main line trains get in

http://www.railtourismindia.com/ttrs/html/neelgiri.html
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And book yourself a first class (FC) ticket! Now if I knew which seats are at the very front and have that great view - on a guess it should be the lowest numbers. Station codes are MTP for Mettupalayam and UAM for Ooty. The train leaves at 7.10hrs. If you come to the station a bit early you can watch the workers loading coal for your trip...
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1st class is a must indeed!
leg space in 2nd is ridiculously short
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You'll find the Nilgiri Mountain Railway Timetable here:
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Thanks man. So the last one is 12 o' clock. I'm arriving at 12.30

However i figured i'll just drive up there and take the train down instead. Is that even possible
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Originally Posted by My friend Goo View Post ... i figured i'll just drive up there and take the train down instead. Is that even possible
It's possible but very uncomfortable because the Ooty-Mettupallyam road is in a dreadful state of repair with more potholes than road!

The Kotagiri-Mettupallyam road is better, and the scenery is good, but you will miss the spectacular scenery on the Ooty-Mettupallyam road.

I recommend the train.
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Hey My friend Goo,
Do let us know if you made to the nilgiri mountain rail

i saw from this post that this train might be closed

Can you confirm your experience
http://www.indiamike.com/india/tamil...ikanal-t15189/

Thanks
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We decided to take a different route instead. The travel plan became too hectic, so we removed a few places. Well actually only Ooty
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Originally Posted by john.sw View Post It's possible but very uncomfortable because the Ooty-Mettupallyam road is in a dreadful state of repair with more potholes than road!
It was great when I travelled it two years ago, but just one monsoon (or even just one storm!) can change everything. Parts of the road were actually destroyed just a week or two after our visit. The railway was shut down for weeks too.
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i saw from this post that this train might be closed

Can you confirm your experience
http://www.indiamike.com/india/tamil...ikanal-t15189/
you misread the post, I was refering to the Palani-Coimbatore line (closed).

The Toy train is running it's full route between Mettupaliyam and Ooty.
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Thanks steven for clearing the confusion !
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When we visited Ooty in 2003 (the train up and the drive down the other side to Masinagudi are worth the trip alone, even if Ooty itself is a bit of a disappointment) we picked up the 2671 Chennai to Mettupalaiyam Nilgiri Express in the middle of the night at Erode and arrived just after 6 in the morning, in time to catch the little blue train. We had seats No 1 and 2 in First Class, right at the front of the train, so were able to get a good view of the wild elephants crossing the line and stopping the train for a few minutes. A real highlight of a great trip.

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